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Moulding The Void: Mother in The Making

Peter Bjørn Franceschi (Author) Minati Kar (Translator)

The Goddess Devi is worshipped during the autumnal festival of Durga Pujo in Bengal every year. In this volume, Peter Bjørn Franceschi presents a visual diary of the mother goddess in the making. The book takes us through the winding lanes of Kumartuli, home to the master artists who craft the clay idols of the Devi for the Durga Pujo. Accompanying these photographs are verses from Sankaracharya’s poetic work in Sanksrit, Saundaryalahari (Waves of Beauty), translated by the scholar Minati Kar. The work is a paean to the Goddess Durga, entwining Advaita Vedanta and Tantra philosophy to paint a splendid picture of Devi. These poetic descriptions serve as a deeper layer to the visuals, and as an alternate way of interpreting the process of image-making.

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About the author

Peter Bjørn Franceschi

Peter Bjørn Franceschi is a Danish visual artist working from Copenhagen, Kolkata and southern France. Trained as a glass artist from the Danish School of Design he presently works in a wide range of media. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, the Middle East and India.

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Title Moulding The Void: Mother in The Making
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.11.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9385360426, 9789385360428
length 280p., 8.2 x 9.5 Inches.